Not too many people realize who Kareem “Biggs” Burke is. He happens to be the founder of the defunct Roc-A-Fella Records. Many assume that Damon Dash and Jay-Z were the only founders of the label. People fail to realize that Biggs was one of the key factors of the label’s string of success. He was the man behind the scenes making sure things turned out right. By 2002, the label was removed from its overall dominance and rumors of friction emerged.
At the time, Jay-Z was still on top of the hip hop game, so no one was buying into the idea that the label was so divided. Despite the nonbelievers, the label was falling apart. This was due to the addition of Cam’ron to the label in 2001. As long as Cam’ron had been around, he had never been too fond of Jay-Z. Cam’ron’s manager, Lance “un” Riviera, actually got into a scuffle with Jay-Z in the 1990s. Dame Dash and Biggs always had ties to Cam’ron.
While Jay-Z did not particularly like Cam’ron, he did not mind the revenue that he brought in with his 2002 Roc-A-Fella album. In an effort to keep up appearances, Jay-Z even provided a guest verse on the album. Before he made his announcement to the public, Jay first told members of the Roc that his 2003 album was going to be his final album. Executives at Def Jam had contacted him about an opening at the role of CEO and Jay-Z accepted. Because of that, he decided to put down the mic.
Since Jay-Z was moving on, there had to be a new artist in place to fill the void. The recent success of Cam’ron led to Biggs and Dash pushing for him. Ever since day one, Jay-Z had promised Memphis Bleek that he would be next. The entire label ended up dividing with one side supporting Cam and one side supporting Bleek. A lyrical feud would also ensue between both Memphis Bleek and Cam’ron because of the situation. This eventually led to the infamous breakup of Roc-A-Fella Records.
After it happened, Cam’ron packed his bags and the bags of his Diplomat Records. He and his crew often taunted Jay-Z about the demise of the Roc. It was not until they endured a similar split with Cam’ron playing the role of Jay-Z that he understood what had gone on at the Roc. Many times since the infamous Dipset split, Cam’ron had expressed interest in reuniting. Despite his efforts of compromise, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana threw it back in his face.
Later on, Juelz Santana said that he would enjoy a reunion, but Cam’ron was no longer having it. This prompted Jim Jones to throw another diss at Cam’ron. Even though they are feuding amongst each other, they all remain close friends to Dame Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Recently, Burke was speaking on the situation and he hinted at the possibility of getting the crew to reunite. While they no longer care what they have to say to each other, they would likely listen to either Dame Dash or Burke. Big things are expected in the new decade.